Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Snakeskin Manicure? Pull the Adder One

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Snakeskin Manicure? Pull the Adder One

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Byline: Miranda Bryant

NAIL art -- ranging from gemstones to extensions -- has been a huge hit this year with celebrity fans including Rihanna and Beyonce Knowles.

But now a London beauty spa has taken the trend a step further by using real-life snakeskin to decorate customers' nails.

The trend, which has been a huge hit in New York, uses naturally shed snakeskin, which is then sanitised and coated with gel. Colour is added before the coating is sealed onto the nail and hardened with UV light.

The Hand & Foot Spa in Chelsea -- one of the first in the UK to offer the service -- said it was inspired to introduce the service after seeing the popularity of snakeskin manicures and pedicures in the US.

The spa's founder Donna Haar-Jorgensen said: "Most of our clients aren't interested in traditional nail art and that's what is so good about the snakeskin manicure and pedicure.

"It offers something stylish and unique, that still has a fashion edge, not to mention being a fabulous conversation-starter."

The design costs [pounds sterling]62 for one fingernail or [pounds sterling]150 for a full set or [pounds sterling]82 for one toenail and [pounds sterling]160 for a full set. The treatment is available in 170 colour combinations and uses naturally shed snakeskin sourced from a wildlife park in Hertfordshire. …

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